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PGA Maruyama leads Sony, Wie out



Published: Sat, January 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The 15-year-old shot a 4-over 74 and missed the cut by seven strokes.

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HONOLULU -- Shigeki Maruyama holed a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 ninth for a 65 Friday, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose and Brett Quigley after two rounds at Waialae Country Club.

But for Michelle Wie, it's back to school.

The 15-year-old sophomore never had a chance to make the cut Friday, taking three putts from 8 feet for a triple bogey on her sixth hole and losing more ground from there. She shot a 4-over 74 to finish 17 shots behind Maruyama, and seven shots below the cut line.

She was trying to become the first female in 60 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour, and had high hopes after missing by one shot last year.

Finished with class

Wie had to settle for a tie with European Ryder Cup player Paul Casey at 9-over 149. She wound up tied for 128th place, better than 14 other players.

Wie picked up her first birdie with an 8-foot putt on the 10th hole, but by then it was too late. There was no drama like last year, when she birdied two of her last three holes for a 68 to miss the cut by one shot.

Her lengthy stride gave way to slumped shoulders, and Wie stared at the turf after each shot missed the green.

The only consolation was her finish. She hit a wedge into 10 feet and holed the putt for birdie, then walked off the 18th green with a rare smile.

ESPN, which stayed with her until the conclusion of her round last year, this time switched to an NBA game after Wie made her third bogey in four holes at the par-4 16th.

Wie goes back to the Punahou School, but not for long. She will return to professional ranks next month on the LPGA Tour for the SBS Open across the island at Turtle Bay, then play twice more on the LPGA before spring break.

As for next year?

Two-time defending champion Ernie Els believes Wie should return to the Sony Open.

"That is not throwing an invite away," he said of the sponsor's exemption Wie received. "It's phenomenal what she is doing for the game."




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